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Vocabulary



pirate

To make an attempt, or to complete an attack on a ship. A thief of the seas, or oceans. Violence used to steal (by force) the property of another vessel. One who makes it his business to sail with the express intention of robbery or plunder. An armed vessel which sails without legal commission, with the intention of attacking other vessels in order to steal gold/treasure.

privateer

An armed vessel sailing under the commission of a sovereign power against the enemy.

buccaneer

A piratical adventurer of the sea. A person who plunders at the sea, or land from the sea. Also written buccaneer.

mariner

One whose responsibility it is to help in navigating a vessel.

merchant ship

A ship that is involved in trade/commerce. A cargo ship.

vessel

A general name for a hollow structure made to float in water for navigation, or travel purposes.

galleon

A large square masted vessel of the 1500's used for war, or commerce.

booty

Goods obtained illegally. Spoils obtained as a result of war or battle.

bounty

Reward or payment, usually from a government, for the capture of a criminal.

loot

Gold, money, or other goods obtained illegally

plunder

The act of pillaging or robbery.

cutlass

A short, heavy, single edged sword, once used predominantly by sailors.

mutiny

To rise against authority, particularly a naval or military power.

maroon

Isolate, and resource less. Sailors would leave mutinous shipmates on deserted islands, without any means of survival.

jolly roger

Typically a black flag bearing drawn white bones; indicates a pirate ship